oa Kronos : Journal of Cape History - Geskiedenisnavorsing : die worstelstryd van UWK studente

Volume 17, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0259-0190



Statistics show that very few black students of history complete their research projects on post graduate level in South Africa. By using the University of the Western Cape as a case study this article attempts to look at the phenomenon of a very low percentage of M.A. and D.Phil, students who successfully complete their degrees. The article does not attempt to make an in depth analysis of the reasons for this phenomenon. In stead, advice is given to students as how to approach historical research. Particular emphasis is placed on the planning and design of research with special reference to a time schedule, choice of a supervisor, and the research proposal. In conclusion, the article points to the dangers for black students should they be overtly ideologically biased in their historical approach.

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